Our Monster Day at Woollinn!

Happy Friday, everyone! And it’s been a double fun one for us, because we’ve just spent the day at Woollinn, Dublin’s festival of yarn!

I was helping out my buddy Diarmuid of S Twist Wool for the day, so there might be a bit of a bias in the photos…
S Twist Wool at Woollinn - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQAre you spotting a pattern yet? Still, I was pretty excited to see the new ranges he’s added since we last met up to talk yarn… And top of the list was definitely this spectacular batch of naturally-dyed Galway fleece! Check out those colours…
Natural Dye Yarns by S Twist Wool at Woollinn - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQAnother bonus is that the wool itself is ALL sourced from Irish farms… As you can see in the map in the photo above.

Oh, and of course there were a couple of Beasties knocking around!
An S Twist Beastie at Woollinn - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQThis little monster guy was specially made to tie in with a promotion Diarmuid is running on his stand at Woollinn this weekend. If you know the significance of his accessories…
S Twist Beastie Accessories - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQ… Bring along your copy of the “Guide” or a towel to receive a sneaky discount off your purchase!

It was also nice to catch up with another old friend – do any of you remember Ruari, the spinner’s assistant Beastie?
Ruari Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQHe was helping out like a true pro, showing off some of LB Handknits‘ beautiful designs! This is the San Fhoraois sweater tank, which you can find here on Ravelry.
Ruari Beastie with San Fhoraois Sweater - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQHowever, our newer Beastie friend maybe had less success when he tried to model the LaitΓ­s sweater…
Beastie Modelling the Laitis Sweater - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQAll the same, he looks pretty cheerful – even if it is a little on the large side!

And, after a fun day helping out (and having a good squish at all the yarn, of course) I just had time to run upstairs and get a snap of all the stands from above!
Woollinn from Above - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQIf you’re in Dublin this weekend, be sure to check out all the yarny goodness at Woollinn for yourself! Or if you’re already planning to head there, let us know all about it in the comments!

We’ll be back on Tuesday with an update from a Beastie abroad, so be sure to join us then… In the meantime, have a wild woolly weekend!

26 thoughts on “Our Monster Day at Woollinn!

    1. Thanks, Nicole! It was… And the good news is, I think they might already have committed to running it again next year! Better get that plane ticket booked πŸ˜€

  1. Oops, was that a big “SQUEEEEE” coming out of my mouth over seeing Hitchhiker Beastie, complete with towel!! And few things are better than watching beasties trying to fit into human-sized clothing. Looks like a very tempting event. Now, let’s see if I can keep WordPress from eating this comment….3, 2, 1….

    1. Hurrah! Receiving you loud and clear! And somebody knows her “Guide”… Shame you didn’t stick around an extra few days to claim your discount! Thanks for joining us on our big day out, Tammie… And yes, it WAS a very tempting event! I had to keep my eyes down any time I went to get tea, because I knew I’d be walking home otherwise! πŸ˜†

        1. Great idea! Now, I should probably pick up some nice new yarn to make them… πŸ˜€

  2. (Fainted, yarn deliciousness overload). Okay I recovered. Woonlinn? I have complete envy (of course think how much my pocketbook could have been injured at this festival!). Loved the Beasties about the festival – too cute! I love the special accessories held by the Beasties!

    1. Thanks, Tierney! I hope that yarn deliciousness overload has completely passed… I saw quite a lot of that yesterday, actually. πŸ˜‚ I had to be VERY disciplined myself, and remember all the yarns and WIPs I have at home. If I’d opened that purse, I would have been walking home! πŸ˜€ Cheers for joining me and the Beasties on our day out!

    1. Oh no, not you too! Some of my regular blog buddies are having trouble leaving comments lately. Sorry about that! I think I had to fish one of your messages out of the spam folder, so hopefully my marking it as “not spam” will stop it happening again!

    1. Heehee! It’s a shame you’re not more local… You could have picked yourself up a woolly bargain! I had a great day, thanks – it was a fun event, and I met so many cool people. And a Beastie project that’s been on the back burner for a while might just have got a little closer to getting off the ground! Watch this space… πŸ˜€ Cheers for stopping by, Laura!

  3. Looks like a fun time, with many great skeins for the squish happy! (a squish is my go-to litmus test). Glad to see the Beasties represented at Woollin this year, too! And, I have been dreaming of knitting one of LB Handknits’ summer sweaters this year – the designs are gorgeous. Happy to see that a Beastie friend was present for a fitting, too – it looks like a truly perfect fit (if we take away everything below the cowl neck!). πŸ™‚

    1. Hahaha! Yes, people talk about living in certain sweaters… But I think that a Beastie actually could set up home in there! I really liked the LB Handknits samples we had on the stand, and I even got to meet AilbΓ­ona at the show yesterday, too! Which of her sweater patterns caught your eye? Thanks for your comment, Shirley! πŸ˜€

      1. Ha! Now I’m picturing a Beastie in a sweater-turtleshell hybrid. A very suitable Beastie mobile home, I think. πŸ™‚ And the pattern was ScΓ©al GrΓ‘ – Melissa at Knitting the Stash is currently doing the test-knit. It’s a top-down, seamless (my fave construction!). Cheers!

      2. Ah, the pattern was ScΓ©al GrΓ‘. Melissa (at Knitting the Stash) is now doing the test-knit and that’s where I first saw it. It’s a lovely top-down seamless number, with lace around the yoke! πŸ™‚ (my ears always perk up at the mention of top-down construction). πŸ™‚

        1. Mine too! And that pattern sounds perfect for summer. I’ll have to go and check out Melissa’s test knit… And catch up with her podcasts while I’m there!

    1. Oh yeeeeeeah! There are definitely worse ways to spend a Friday! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by, Tajana!

    1. Cheers Weekes! Yeah, it was reeeeally tough spending a day talking to people about yarn! πŸ˜‚

    1. Heehee! Yes, I think it would have been your kind of place! Cheers for stopping by, Ivonne! πŸ˜€

    1. Oh yes… It’s very important to line up your travel plans with yarn-squishing opportunities! This is the first year of this particular festival, but I heard that the organisers signed a 2 year contract with the venue, so there should be a rerun next year. And if you need a fix before then, you might still be in time for Yarnfolk. It takes place just outside Belfast, and I only heard good things about their event last year! Thanks for stopping by!

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